STANDARD PROFILE OF A BOUVIER des FLANDRES
Description:A Bouvier des Flandres is a compact, rough-coated, powerfully built dog with a very rugged appearance. Bouviers are not only agile and bold, but also have a calm and steady demeanor. They are not only easy going but also aloof and can sometimes be serious or moody. Their herding instincts will usually keep them close to home. They have been used as therapy dogs, helping the blind and in police work, yet they love the company of people.
Height: 23 to 27 inches
Weight: 60 to 90 pounds
Colors: Fawn, silver, gray, black, salt & pepper and various colors of brindle. Their coat is normally thick, rough, harsh with a soft dense undercoat.
Temperament: Alert, responsive and even tempered. Usually gentle with family children but may not tolerate strange children until properly introduced. Normally gets along with other pets if raised together. Some can be dog and/or cat aggressive. They are quick learners in obedience and in problem solving.
Skills: Formerly known as a cattle driver/herder and pulling milk carts to market. Today, they are known for agility, pulling carts and best of all as a family pet and companion. Bouviers as a brave protector are considered good watchdogs and excellent guard dogs.
Care and Training: Weekly brushing is a necessity. Regular attention should be given to their nails, ears and teeth. Bouviers need plenty of exercise, but because they are heavy in structure and predisposition to hip problems they should not be jogged with over long distances. They require ample space to run and exercise and need to be kept busy to keep their mind active.
Health Issues: Some have had problems with hip dysplasia, bloat and eye problems.
Life Span: 10 to 12+ years
Litter Size: 5 to 10
Activity Levels: High - outdoors, low - indoors.
Living Environment: They adapt well to country living or living in the suburbs. A fenced yard is a must they do not do well in cramped quarters. A Bouvier owner needs to be firm and strong with their directions mainly because Bouviers can and will be stubborn at times.
Country of Origin: Belgium
History: Dates back to the sixteenth century where they originated from the Flanders area of Belgium and were used to pull carts and drive/herd cattle. Their name "Bouvier" was derived from "driver of oxen".
AKC Group: Herding class